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10 New Writing Competitions to Enter This Summer by Jessica Barrah

It’s getting close to the mid-point of the year, and if you haven’t achieved all of your writing goals as yet in 2019, entering a competition can be a great way to get inspired, write something new to a deadline, or polish up something you’ve previously worked on and abandoned.






1. YorkMix Poems for Children Competition

Details: A competition for poems to amuse, excite or inspire children. Your poem can be of any length.
Entry Fee: £5 each, £10 for three, £15 for five.
Deadline: 23rd June 2019
Prizes: £250, £100, £75, £25.


2. Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2019

Details: A writing competition with three categories (Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing) open internationally to anyone who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Fiction and Life Writing have word limits of 3,000. For the poetry category you can submit up to five poems for the same entry fee (use separate pages). It’s possible to enter more than one category, but only once each.
Entry Fee: £6. If entering two separate categories it’s £10 and for three it’s £15.
Deadline: 28th June 2019 (5pm)
Prizes: £300 and publication in the Wasafiri magazine in each category.


3. Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

Details: An international poetry contest from the Munster Literature centre in Ireland. You need to submit 16 to 23 pages of poetry, in verse or prose. The contest is open to published and unpublished poets.
Entry Fee: 25 euros
Deadline: 30th June 2019
Prizes: 1st – 1,000 euros and your manuscript published as a chapbook (a small pamphlet), with 25 free copies. 2nd – 500 euros and your manuscript, with 25 free copies. Winners will also be offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival.


4. Live Canon International Poetry Competition

Details: A poetry competition for poems of any length.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for one, £12 for two, £15 for three, £20 for five, £35 for ten.
Deadline: 8th July 2019
Prizes: £1,000. There is also £100 for the highest placed poet living, studying or working in the London Borough of Greenwich. Fifty poems will feature in the 2019 anthology and 20 will be performed by the Live Canon Ensemble during the prize-giving event at Greenwich Theatre.


5. Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize

Details: A competition for unpublished novels of over 30,000 words by writers living in the UK or Ireland. Submit the complete novel plus a brief outline and a biographical note. The judges will be looking for stories that ‘explore and expand the possibilities of the novel form, are innovative and imaginative in style and tackle subjects and themes relevant to the world we live in.’
Entry Fee: Free to enter
Deadline: 15th July 2019
Prizes: Publication with a £3,000 advance.


6. Winchester Poetry Prize

Details: An annual contest from the Winchester Poetry Festival for poems which ‘surprise and delight’.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 thereafter.
Deadline: 31st July 2019
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Winners will be invited to read their entries at a special prize-giving event at Winchester Poetry Day on October 12. Winning and commended poems will appear in an anthology. There is also a prize for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.


7. Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Details:This annual contest from the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland is for unpublished stories of up to 3,000 words on any subject.
Entry Fee: 18 euros.
Deadline: 31st July 2019
Prizes: 1st – 2,000 euros plus a week’s residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. If you go to Cork to collect your prize, you will receive hotel accommodation, meals and drinks at the Cork International Short Story Festival (23-25 September 2019). 2nd – 500 euros. Runners-up (4) – 250 euros. All six winners will be published in the literary journal Southword.


8. Sustainable Societies Novel Competition

Details: A competition for full-length novels in any genre including children’s. These should in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. The top entries will be read by a literary agent from Curtis Brown.
Entry Fee: Free to enter
Deadline: 31st August 2019
Prizes:£500, £100, £50. Best student submission (18-25) – £50.


9. Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Details:An annual contest from Aesthetica Magazine for Short fiction running to no more than 2,000 words and poetry of up to 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £18 for fiction, £12 for poetry.
Deadline: 31st August 2019
Prizes (in each category): £1,000 plus other writing related prizes. Finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.


10. HWA Unpublished Novel Award

Details:A competition for historical fiction novels. ‘Historical’ is defined for this contest as stories set at least 35 years in the past. The theme and genre are both open. Novels should be between 40,000 and 100,000 words. Include a synopsis of 500 to 1,000 words, plus a 200-word biography.
Entry Fee: £20. All entrants will be offered a consultation with the MD of Sharp Books.
Deadline: 30th September 2019
Prizes: 1st – £500 plus a publishing contract with Sharp Books. Runners-up (2) – £100.



Good luck if you enter any of these competitions, and do let us know how you get on!


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Written by
Jessica Barrah
Published on
27/05/2019
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Writing, Authors, Writers, Self-publishing, Publishing, Competitions, Contest, Prizes, and Summer